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The upside of playing in FIBA Asia Cup minus Blatche ?>

The upside of playing in FIBA Asia Cup minus Blatche

Winning the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon will be a lot tougher without naturalized player Andray Blatche. Without Blatche, Gilas play will be altered in a lot of ways. We know what Blatche can bring to the table, having been an experienced and skilled player, who made a name for himself after playing for the Washington Wizards and later, with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA some years back. The 6-11 Blatche has reinforced the team in the 2014…

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Lessons from Tiger Woods’ ‘bad swing’ ?>

Lessons from Tiger Woods’ ‘bad swing’

Reading the news on Tiger Woods’ personal woes nowadays reminds me so much of how fleeting fame and fortune are in life. I was just a greenhorn sportswriter when I started reading about Tiger Woods’ pro career sometime in 1996. Back then, internet cost a fortune so I’d read printed wire stories at the Manila Times office to follow Woods’ pro golfing career.

Jio Jalalon and a dream fulfilled ?>

Jio Jalalon and a dream fulfilled

You can see from the eyes of Star rookie Jio Jalalon how happy he is to finally live the dream he’s had since he was a kid. Coming from a simple family in Cagayan de Oro, Jalalon always had that big dream of making it to the big league. Although he admitted “failing” during his first foray in Manila, just after helping Sacraed Heart win a championship in high school, Jalalon admitted using that to get better by working on…

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So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra? ?>

So which team will gain control in Game 3: San Miguel or Ginebra?

Having covered Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer this season, the ongoing 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals easily pits the team with the “big heart” versus the team that’s been “toughened by adversity” the past 3 seasons. Ginebra has long been carrying the NSD (never say die) mantra from the olden days of former playing coach Robert Jaworski, while San Miguel Beer, aside from its talent-deep roster, has been dominant in the last 2 editions of the Philippine Cup led…

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A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016 ?>

A look back at what God has done in our lives this 2016

As I write this last blog for 2016, I can’t help but look back with gratefulness to God for allowing me to see and experience tons of His goodness and faithfulness. When we started 2016, Ava and I were anxious in some way because it was a year we are transitioning David, our second child to big school. (David was homeschooled originally for his first 5 years).  We know that expenses will jack up and it’s what made us anxious….

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Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life ?>

Campus journalism and inspiring as a way of life

Speaking before over 50 journalism students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines reminded me a lot of how I started as a sportswriter. I actually shared to them how I struggled at the very beginning. And it had a lot to do with my lack of commitment to read books and newspapers. Since I had no input, naturally, there was no output when I applied as a V (Varsitarian) staffer at the University of Santo Tomas.

Preparing the next generation of journalists at PUP ?>

Preparing the next generation of journalists at PUP

2016 marks my second decade as a sports journalist. Sportswriting is something I began doing as a senior journalism student at the University of Santo Tomas, thanks to the opportunity I had when I became a sports staffer at the Varsitarian. For several years already, I’ve had the chance to share the things I have learned as a sportswriter to various college and even grade school students.

Christmas, inspiration and Sports Icons ?>

Christmas, inspiration and Sports Icons

Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a Season of inspiration. I like reading books, particularly those that seek to inspire. Beyond the information and facts, I get fresh insights, get a better perspective in life that I can apply as I move forward. This Christmas, books can be a perfect gift for your loved one.

Pacquiao, the latest pro athlete to make the triumphant comeback ?>

Pacquiao, the latest pro athlete to make the triumphant comeback

At 37, Manny Pacquiao showed he still has the speed, the sting in his punches and the stamina to last the full round after his unanimous decision against deposed WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Some people may not totally agree when he came out of retirement, just months after declaring it’s over for him in boxing. But we can see that Pacquiao hardly lost a beat against Vargas, whom he dominated with his hand speed, while unleashing his trademark lethal punches…

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